Qatar Sheikh Wanting To Buy NRL Club

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  1. Slippery Morris

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    When the Shiek hears how pathetic NRL is run then he will look the other way.

    I can see it now..NRL will say to him "you can buy Saints but they are 1 of the teams that have a salary cap and are restricted on how much to spend. On the other hand we have clubs like Dogs, Roosters, Bronco's and NOW Sharks who have unlimited or no salary cap which may be worth your while to make into a super power.
     
  2. KiamaSaint

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    Doust and Mary would be sheiking themselves if this came off.
     
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  3. possm

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    The NRL could be set for a serious cash injection if reports of a Qatari billionaire wanting to invest in the game are to be believed.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani has expressed interest in sponsoring or buying an NRL club.

    The sheikh, with an estimated family worth of $60 billion, learned of rugby league from Australian entrepreneur and St George Illawarra Dragons fan, Michael Ibrahim. The business man has reportedly worked in the Middle East for 18 years, and has strong ties to the Qatar royal family.


    The sheikh quickly jumped on board to support rugby league teams based in the Pacific but commenting through spokesperson Dr Khalid Mohammed, the billionaire appears to want more.

    "Money, funding, isn’t an issue for us," Dr Mohammad told News Corp.

    "Rugby league is a very famous game in Australia, UK, New Zealand and all over the world.

    "We can sponsor the clubs in Australia.

    "He told us there are some struggling clubs in Australia and we are willing to buy them with correlation from Michael Ibrahim. He is a very a well-connected man there.

    "We can definitely buy and give some support. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim would be funding all the activities. Definitely it will give us a return in terms of investment.

    "Qatar is the wealthiest country in the Islamic world. Money has never been a problem."

    Dr Mohammad said the sheikh, personally worth almost $3 billion, understands rugby league is a foreign sport to most in the Middle East, but they are keen to introduce it to Qatar, with a tournament featuring Qatar, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji reportedly already being planned for next year.

    "In Qatar, we are preparing for the World Cup and sport is a way of communicating and representing ourselves in the world," Dr Mohammad said.

    The sheikhs wealth is in the company, Al Faisal Holding, with their mission statement according to their website being,"To exceed expectations every time and place we interact". He also owns a number of private museums located just outside Doha.

    "This will be a win-win situation," Ibrahim said.

    "There would be interest in rugby league in Qatar, they would love it."
     
  4. possm

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    Or the NRL will call in the loan to the Dragons leaving us with no option but to sell.

    See you later Doust.
    See you later coaching staff.
    Goodbye Millward and Young factions.
    Hello top 4.
     
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  5. Gareth67

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    Possum , mate , should this ever occur , we will be able to say " it was written " , the Arab saying that it was all predetermined many years ago . And the last few years of hell that we have all gone through , was merely to test our true commitment to the club .
     
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  6. Old Kogarah Boy 1

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    Personally, there isn’t a player l detest more than Smith.
    Woods is just soft. A big girls’ blouse.
    Goes MIA when needed.
     
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  7. Coffs dragon

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    It will purely be a commercial investment and the Oak Milk Panthers are the number one target......bring on the marketing of the "Chocolate Sheik" to hit the Arab World.
     
  8. Gareth67

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    Could not agree more O.K.B. 1 . Woods for such a big unit one would expect a bit more ' bang ' for their money . I realise that he is a Roo , however he needs to add some more ommph in his tackling . I mean really lay into the opposition , just like John Donnelly did at the Magpies in the blood and thunder of Lidcombe Oval .
     
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    Donnelly took the ball up a lot harder than woods ever has.
     
  10. Life's Good

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    So did our own Jason Donnelly.
     
  11. Life's Good

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    Or a sponsorship combination with Tip Top - Sheik & Bake?
     
  12. KiamaSaint

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    Fixed it for you.
     
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    [​IMG] The Iron Sheik?
     
  14. Gareth67

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    Jak - both he and big Bruce Gibbs , what a wonderful ( and beautiful ) pair of bookends they made for Wests !
     
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    IMG_0658.PNG Struth ! Stone the flaming crows and send the missus out to bingo for the night !
    A mysterious Saudi sheik has gone out and bought himself a $596m Da Vinci painting to hang in Doust's old office .
    Looks like he has refurbishment plans in mind ? ?
    Move over Bruce , this chap is not going to quibble over a few hundred million dollars .
     
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  16. Splinters

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    I wonder what they would change the club's name to? Surely "St George" couldn't be part of it?

    "DUBAI (Reuters) - The club crest of Spanish soccer team Real Madrid will not feature the traditional Christian cross on clothing sold in some Middle East countries under a regional deal."
     

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